Web.com Tour: The Elite 8 from the Web.com Who Fulfilled the Dream

Aug 28, 2015; Edison, NJ, USA; Jimmy Walker tees off at the 6th during the second round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2015; Edison, NJ, USA; Jimmy Walker tees off at the 6th during the second round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports /

The dream of the PGA TOUR has many paths, but for these golfers, it was through the Web.com Tour and mini tours.

I suppose as one gets older, the illustrious dreams of youth are tempered by reality. However, the dreams of grown men on the Web.com Tour and the mini tours are still alive and well, even though the rewards are astronomically bigger on the PGA Tour.

There’s no secret that life on the TOUR can be luxurious, especially for those players who continue to keep their card for their entire career. However for some, life on the Web.com Tour and mini tours can be the only path to the PGA Tour.

The dream is not a just a fantasy or a children’s book that is put back on the shelf. For these grown men, the dream is at the top of any golfer’s wish list. The dream is to be a professional golfer who plays every week with the best golfers in the world.

Have a look at these Elite 8 who made their way from the bottom to the top of the competitive heirarchy.

Patton Kizzire is from Montgomery, Alabama. The proud University of Auburn alum was the money leader for most of 2015 on the Web.com Tour and had his first victory at the Utah Championship last year. Kizzire is on a tear in his first year on the PGA TOUR with two top 5 finishes. He is curently ranked 27th in the Fedex Cup and 75th in the World Golf Rankings.

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Jimmy Walker is from the heart of America in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While Jimmy is not a new name, he also went through the Web.com Tour. He’s 37 and has won five times on the PGA TOUR. In 2014, he had top 10 finishes in every major tournament except for the The Open Championship and made it onto the Ryder Cup Team in 2015 and the Presidents Cup in 2015.

Justin Thomas came to the PGA TOUR in 2015 with fire. He has already won this season at the CIMB Classic and fiinshed 3rd at the Frys.com Open. Don’t let his size fool you. He stands at only 5’10” and weighs 145 pounds, but has found a home on the PGA TOUR, being ranked No. 5 in the FedEx Cup standings. Look for him to be yet another standout from the Web.com Tour’s graduating class.

Peter Malnati is yet another guy who has fulfilled the dream of making it to the PGA TOUR. Malnati broke through early in the season with a win at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He is in the top 20 for the Fedex Cup Standings and has the potential to join the others that have flourished from the Web.com Tour.

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These golfers have a passion to keep going to make the dream come true, pushing for the next big step. There is a certain beauty about chasing the dream. The love for golf has to be there in order for these guys to keep the dream alive.

Many of these golfers will play for years on the PGA Tour and live a good life. It’s hard to imagine that these millionaires were playing for groceries for their families not too long ago.  This notion of not knowing when they’d get another paycheck would play a vital role in their success.

There have been other  success stories as well, like Emiliano Grillo, Smylie Kaufman, Dickie Pride, and Si Woo Kim. Emiliano has made the leap to the PGA TOUR through the Web.com Tour by finishing in the top 25 for the year on the Web.com and he won the Frys.com Open last year.

Grillo won in his rookie debut in a playoff to pocket over a million dollars on his first PGA TOUR win. All eight of these golfers mentioned have made the trip from the Web.com to the PGA Tour.

Emiliano had this this to say after his first victory 

"“It means everything. They’ve said the word ‘Masters’ twice today. You seen this?”"

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